Mike Mills and Drivin N Cryin

Last night at the venerable 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga., Drivin’ N Cryin’ paid tribute to late guitarist Buren Fowler, who played with that band from 1988 to 1993 after working as Peter Buck’s guitar tech and an occasional second guitarist on two R.E.M. tours.

Fittingly, bassist Mike Mills — who’s been kind of busy as of late — joined Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Warner Hodges of Jason and the Scorchers to play a pair of R.E.M. classics: “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” and “The One I Love.” Check them both out below (via PatHatcher).

Fowler, who passed away last month, spent time working with R.E.M. in the mid-80s, when, according to “It Crawled From the South,” he served as a guitar tech with the band an played occasional second guitar on the Pageantry and Work tours in 1986 and 1987, respectively.

He joined Drivin’ N Cryin’ after that, and played with that band for five years, during which time the group recorded Mystery Road, Fly Me Courageous, Smoke and Wrapped in the Sky.

Check out those videos below, along with Drivin’ N Cryin’ playing “Fly Me Courageous,” which includes a video tribute to Fowler.

 

Video: Mike Mills and Drivin’ N Cryin’, “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville”

 

Video: Mike Mills and Drivin’ N Cryin’, “The One I Love”

 

Video: Drivin’ N Cryin’, “Fly Me Courageous” + Buren Fowler video tribute

 

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